Ali A. Mazrui to speak at Kennesaw

World−renowned academic and political writer Ali A. Mazrui will speak on “Globalization‚ Kenya‚ and the United States: Intersections and Divergences” Thursday‚ Aug. 31‚ at 6:30 p.m. in Convocation Center Room 2016. The lecture is part of the on−going Year of Kenya series. The event is free and open to the public.

Georgia (Aug 30, 2006) — World−renowned academic and political writer Ali A. Mazrui will speak on “Globalization‚ Kenya‚ and the United States: Intersections and Divergences” Thursday‚ Aug. 31‚ at 6:30 p.m. in Convocation Center Room 2016. The lecture is part of the on−going Year of Kenya series. The event is free and open to the public.

“Kennesaw State University is honored to host a scholar of global stature on our campus‚” said Dan Paracka‚ director of international services and programs. “Dr. Mazrui is a talented orator who will provide the audience with a complex and nuanced understanding of international relations.”

Mazrui‚ who was born in Mombasa‚ Kenya‚ in the 1930s‚ is currently the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in New York. He is also the Albert Luthuli Professor−At−Large at the University of Jos in Nigeria‚ as well as the Andrew D. White Professor−At−Large emeritus and senior scholar in Africana studies at Cornell University. In addition‚ Mazrui was appointed chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

Mazrui obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Manchester University in England‚ his master’s from Columbia University in New York and his doctorate from Oxford University in England. He has written more than 20 books‚ and his work was featured in the 1986 television series “The Africans: A Triple Heritage” on BBC and PBS.

More information on KSU’s annual country study program‚ as well as a full schedule of Year of Kenya events for this fall‚ is available at www.kennesaw.edu/globalinstitute/yearofprog.htm.

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